So here’s what we’ve covered so far…
1. Dream Big Dreams
2. Develop A Clear Sense Of Direction
3. See Yourself As Self-Employed
4. Do What You Love To Do
5. Commit To Excellence
6. Work Longer And Harder
Today we’re gonna look at 3 more success factors, GUARANTEED to help you move to the next level.
Success Secret #7: Dedicate Yourself To Lifelong Learning
School is NEVER out for a pro.
It’s funny to hear myself say that because I resisted academics back in High School. Probably because I was bored to tears.
But it all changed when I got myself on the on the path to self-education, a path I’ve never gotten off of.
It’s amazing to me that kids graduating from school, getting their degrees, somehow feel “entitled” because of their skill or knowledge.
First of all… you’re not entitled to anything. You GET what you want by taking massive action (in any field.)
Secondly… the knowledge you obtain in school may serve as a good foundation, but you’re FAR from being at the end of your learning.
This is a never-ending process, and I’ve realized a long time ago… that successful people make it a habit of investing in themselves MORE, than they invest in anything else.
They read books, buy courses, subscribe to newsletters and always strive to improve.
I know I’m preaching to choir here, but it doesn’t hurt to get reminded of this.
Success Secret #8: Pay Yourself First
It’s easy to get sidetracked into thinking that being a Millionaire is all about fancy cars and big houses. Because that’s what you see on TV.
Truth is… most Millionaires are NOTHING like what you see on TV.
There’s nothing wrong with having a big fancy house or a luxury car, but for MOST people with a Million Dollar+ Net Worth all that came much later.
Wealthy people pay themselves FIRST, before buying all this stuff.
Financial Independence is their goal, not “status symbols”. I’ve been fortunate to get “brainwashed” into this thinking a long time ago, because I was in the financial services business.
I also saw plenty of people who were making 6 figures and were still broke. They were spending more than they were making.
Saving and investing wasn’t a habit they’ve developed. If you can’t live within your means on $50K a year, you’re not going to start on a $100K either.
One of the most important steps you can take towards becoming financially independent is to pay yourself before anyone else. Take a percentage of your earnings and stick it in a savings account, or better yet, invest it.
Putting yourself on a wealth accumulation plan, even if it’s a small amount at first, is the most powerful action you can take towards becoming truly Financially Free.
Success Secret #9: Learn Every Detail Of The Business
This is easy, yet most never do it.
And it kind of goes hand in hand with the “Lifelong Learning Secret” we just covered.
This takes no skill or talent. Just immerse yourself in what you’re doing and commit to becoming an expert.
When I started in the financial services field, being very young, I knew that the only way I can get other people to buy my services was to show them my expertise.
I went to the bookstore and bought a bunch of books on stocks, bonds, mutual funds, personal finance, etc….. I made myself an expert by learning everything I could get my hands on, because it was the only way I could get people twice my age to see past the fact that I was still in my “teens” and giving them financial advice.
I’ve written this before several times, and I believe this to be a MAJOR KEY to success…
What if you took 1 hour a day and committed to learning and studying marketing, copywriting, and anything else related to your business.
Just one lousy hour a day… would turn into 365 hours a year from now.
How much further along would you be by putting 365 hours of “marketing how-to” into your brain?
What if you took 2 hours a day?
I can guarantee that hardly anyone does this.
And if you think you don’t have time… then break it up into four 15 minute segments.
ANYONE can do this.
Successful entrepreneurs know everything about their business. Even things they don’t do themselves and pay others to do it.
If you’ve been in this business for a year or more… there’s NO EXCUSE for not knowing pretty much every detail of the business, unless you haven’t taken the time to do it.
As Jim Rohn used to say… “It’s easy to do things that are important to your success, but it’s easier not to.”
Discipline it the key.
Most choose the “easier” path, if you want to be great, choose DISCIPLINE!
In the next post we’ll go into more of Brian Tracy’s “21 Secrets Of Self-Made Millionaires”.
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